close up shot of bbq pasta salad with celery, bell peppers, corn and chickpeas

BBQ Pasta Salad

  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Super flavourful BBQ Pasta Salad that screams summer! Packed with chewy pasta, chickpeas, corn and lots of fresh veggies all tossed in a creamy barbecue sauce. (Vegan + Gluten Free)



  • 8 oz short pasta (224g)
  • 1/2 cup cashew cream (120g // or vegan mayo/sour cream)*
  • 1/41/3 cup of your favourite BBQ sauce (60-80g)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (15g)
  • 2 tsp buffalo hot sauce (10g)
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili or cayenne powder, optional
  • 1 cup fresh cooked or canned corn (180g)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped (110g)
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped (100g)
  • 2 green onions, sliced (30g)
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (400g // about 1 19oz can of chickpeas)
  • cilantro for garnish, optional


  1. Cook pasta until al dente following manufactures instructions. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cashew cream, bbq sauce, apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, garlic powder and chili powder. 
  3. Add the cooked pasta, celery, corn, bell pepper, onions and chickpeas to a bowl. Pour in all the dressing and toss until everything is well coated. 
  4. Serve right away with some cilantro or cover and keep in the fridge until ready to serve. 


  • If you don’t have any cashew cream, vegan mayo or sour cream on hand, add the dressing ingredients along with 1/2 cup of soaked cashews and 1/4-1/3 cup of filtered water to a high speed bender and blend until smooth. 
  • Helpful Equipment: mixing bowls
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer).
  • Category: sides
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, north american


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 330
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 424mg
  • Fat: 9.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 50.6g
  • Fiber: 11.6g
  • Protein: 17.10g
  • Cholesterol: 0

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